Earlier this year, the Viatorians in Colombia, who run Colegio San Viator, were credited by Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro with raising the level of education in the Archdiocese of Tunja and setting a standard for others.

(L-R) Fr. Fredy Contreras and Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque

Specifically, Archbishop Castro pointed to the school’s pedagogy and innovative methods in earning its International Baccalaureate (IB) certification for their diploma program.

This month, the school’s administration just grew stronger with Fr. Fredy Contreras, CSV, and Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, CSV, completing their master’s degrees in pedagogy.

Both have worked at the school since the Viatorians took it over from another religious order four years ago. Fr. Fredy serves as vice president of the school, while Br. Juan Carlos served as Dean of Students. At the start of this school year, however, he returned to the major seminary in Tunja to continue his study in theology.

Colegio San Viator is set in the Eastern range of the Colombian Andes.

Their pursuit of higher education came as good news during the pandemic, when school officials have offered online classes and are working to plan out logistics for possibly reopening in August.

Fr. Pedro Hererra, CSV, President, says that along with these two Viatorians, there are two more faculty members who earned their master’s degrees and four more working on them.

“All of them are motivated and supported by the Colegio,” Fr. Pedro says. “It is a way to let the teachers grow and prepare to offer better service to our students.”